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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Mattie Snider On July 17, 2013 @ 3:01 pm In Take Care | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and fun…


snail facial [1]

1. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP [1])

2. Not only have Twinkies gotten a second life, their shelf life has increased from 26 days to 45 days. (Learn more at AARP [2])

3. A Lego fanatic who didn’t know you need a kid with you to visit Legoland sure knows now. (Learn more at CTV News [3])


4. By interfering with mosquitoes’ ability to fly, airwaves from a simple fan keep the bloodsuckers away from you. (Learn more at AARP [4])

795px-Mosquito_Tasmania_crop [4]

5. When José Fernández of the Miami Marlins pitches, his grandmother listens to the game on a transistor radio from a rooftop in Cuba. (Learn more at AARP [5])

6. Doing 1,200 sit-ups a day helps keep golfing great Gary Player more than fit. (Learn more at AARP [6])

Gary-Player-cover [6]

7. In Japan, adult diapers are projected to outsell baby diapers by 2020. (Learn more at Quartz [7])

8. The Stickball Hall of Fame in Harlem has 150 members after its latest induction. (Learn more at AARP [8])

Boys playing stickball [8]

9. Rock stars don’t always travel by limo. (Learn more at CNN [9])

10. The oldest NASCAR racer, Morgan Shepherd, didn’t get a driver’s license until age 26. (Learn more at AARP [10])

11. The average time it takes the Social Security Administration to handle a call has dropped more than 25 percent, from 245 seconds to 180 seconds. (Learn more at Federal Times [11])

Bonus video! Want more snails? Here they are:

Learn something this week? Let us know, at 11things@aarp.org [12], and we’ll try to include your story next time. Thanks to Haven Kaplan-Miner for the tip about Dave Matthews’ flat tire.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #11things.

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Photos: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images; JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons; Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine; Cliff/Wikimedia Commons

Music: Deep Sky Blue, by Graphiqs Groove


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/16/snail-mucus-key-ingredient-to-new-facials-collagen-young-skin-tips/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/16/7-healthy-things-to-eat-instead-of-a-twinkie/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/legoland-offers-all-expenses-paid-trip-to-retiree-rejected-over-admission-policy-1.1371119

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/17/a-simple-way-to-repel-mosquitoes-try-a-fan/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/16/marlins-pitcher-jose-fernandez-mlb-all-star-game-feel-good-story/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[6] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/11/gary-player-77-year-old-golfer-poses-nude-in-espns-body-issue/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[7] Quartz: http://qz.com/103000/sales-of-adult-diapers-surpass-baby-diapers-in-aging-japan/

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/16/stickball-hall-of-fame-celebrates-poor-mans-baseball-niche-sports/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/15/showbiz/dave-matthews-hitches-ride/index.html

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/12/will-morgan-shepherd-break-the-nascar-age-record/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] Federal Times: http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2013/07/12/busy-signals-drop-dramatically-at-social-security-administration/

[12] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[13] 11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (Week 1): http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/10/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[14] 8 Foods We Eat That Other Countries Ban: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/25/8-foods-we-eat-that-other-countries-ban/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[15] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[16] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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